Wonderful women of the world
Edited by Laurie Halse Anderson
This collection of stories is modeled after some other versions that celebrated Wonder Women in the real world. Anderson and DC Comics have brought together women creators to pay homage to powerful women who are inspirational. Some of the tributes include Beyonce, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Serena Williams, Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, and so many more. Several of these stories are shedding light on amazing women who may not have been in the spotlight in their time. There are engineers and scientists who are heading programs to encourage girls to get into the science fields; there are disabled activists who fought for the rights that eventually became protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and, there are LBGTQ+ activists who fought for marriage rights and the right to exist on the streets of New York.
Some of the stories are a tad over-the-top with the girl-power theme, but mostly these were inspirational stories, and this would be a great collection to give to a young lady who still has her whole future ahead of her. The message is clear: you can be whatever you want to be, you can change the world. One thing that was fairly annoying was the title page for each story didn’t include the creative team, so I was constantly having to flip back and forth from the stories to the table of contents. Several of these stories include an “I” narrator which I assume is the writer, so I’d have to look back to see who the “I” was. Otherwise, this collection was a wonderful way to showcase many female creators. I appreciated the variety of art styles, especially the one-page dedication pages that I really want to make into giant posters now.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
ISBN: 9781779503787 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Graphic Fiction, Autobiography, Biography, LGBTQ+
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